Erling Wold: Uksus
Format: COMPACT DISC
Bohn, Laura; Uksus Ensemble; Klammer, Richard; Printz, Nikola; Ernst, Bob; Nies, Bryan; Mori, Davorin; Bekbosunov, Timur
Erling Wold's new chamber opera UKSUS is ''a feverish mashup of artistic and political history, commentary on vinegar and meatballs, and non sequiturs, all set to Wold’s tangy, versatile score'' (San Francisco Chronicle). The composer has been described as ''a true California eccentric and polymath'' (Bachtrack) and ''The Eric Satie of Berkeley surrealist/minimalist electro-artrock'' (Village Voice). The work is a mixture of stories and poems from the OBERIU, a group of Russian writers and artists in Leningrad in the 1930s. The cast features Timur, the ''extravagantly transgressive tenor'' (Los Angeles Times), the ''vocally resplendent'' (Opera News) Laura Bohn, mezzo Nikola Printz, and actor Bob Ernst. An ensemble of crossover musicians from the new-music / jazz / classical scenes is conducted by Bryan Nies. UKSUS follows Wold's previous, critically acclaimed operas Certitude and Joy, about a woman who kills her three children on orders from God; A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, the dream-story of a convent-bound girl by Max Ernst; and Mordake, chronicling the descent of Edward Mordake, born with his sister’s face on the back of his head.